Title

The level of depression among elders in selected barangay of General Trias Cavite

Date of Completion

2009

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology

Keywords

Depression, Aged, Behavioral Symptoms

Abstract

This study used descriptive method. The respondents were 385 geriatric patients aged 65 years old and above chosen using purposive sampling from three (3) selected barangays. The distribution was 156 elders or 40.52% from Brgy. Santiago, 106 elders or 27.53% from Brgy. San Francisco, and 123 elders or 31.95% from Brgy. Sta. Clara. The Geriatric Depression Scales by Dr. Jerome A. Yezavage were the instrument used. Data was analyzed using frequency, percentage, and chi-square test. The following conclusions were observed: 1) Most of the respondents were male, with fair physical conditions, involved in social activities particularly in religious organizations, and had normal level of depression; 2) There were significant differences in the level of depression among elders when they were grouped according to age, physical condition and social involvement in terms of charity works, religious and community organization or not involved at all; 3) No significant differences were found in the overall level of depression when they were grouped according to gender and marital status.

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